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ISKU-FILAN (Strong Girl)

Empowerment for New Mainer Girls and Women


Maine Community Integration’s flagship program is Isku-Filan (Strong Girl), which focuses on educating and empowering New Mainer girls to be confident in themselves, work together, and make positive changes in their communities.  This program is based on the eight elements of girls’ empowerment, an extension of social determinants of health. 

In the past six years, this youth-led program has grown into the following categories:


  • HANO (Reach): Ecosystem aspirations for Girls

  • Sprout Lewiston - Youth Ecology Education Summer Program with Maine Audubon

  • Kabogso (Be Healed) – Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences through Art and Nature Therapy

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Civic Engagement

  • Parent Leadership - Immigrant parents learn how to navigate the school system and advocate for the needs of their children

  • We Matter - a youth-led program working with Lewiston High School to advocate for anti-racist policy change.  The program also uses digital storytelling for youth to tell their stories from their own perspectives

  • Park Equity 

  • Voter Education

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Outreach & Education

  • ISKA-JIR (Be Aware): Preventing child abuse, exploitation, and trafficking

  • IS-KAASHI (Together): addressing substance use disorders

  • Lead Poisoning Prevention (a collaboration with Healthy Androscoggin and the City of Lewiston)

  • Mobile Vaccine Clinics (a collaboration with Department of Health and Human Services)

  • Voter Education (a collaboration with Maine People's Alliance

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